The Release of Two 3D Graphics Cards from Sparkle Computer

Sparkle Computer, a Taiwanese supplier of graphics solutions and consumer electronics, has released two 3D graphics cards simultaneously. The two models have been codenamed Calibre X680 Captain and Calibre X670 Captain. Both cards are based on Nvidia GK104 GPUs developed under 28 nm standards. The chief peculiarity of the products is the integration of extraordinary cooler CoolPro; the uncommonness is seen in the localization of three fans that found their places under the radiator. This radiator is connected with the base, which is in direct touch with GPU, by means of six heat pipes.



Calibre X680 Captain and Calibre X670 Captain are equipped with DisplayPort, DVI, DVI-D, and HDMI video outputs. Graphics cards employ PCI Express 3.0 interface and support DirextX 11 interface, as well as, such Nvidia technologies as CUDA, PhysX, 3D Vision, and 3D Vision Surround. They are also notable for the availability of eight-phase voltage regulators and the enhanced depth of ground on the …

Gelid SlimHero Gains an Off-the-Shelf Product Status

First seen at CeBIT exhibition, CPU cooler SlimHero from Gelid has turned into an off-the-shelf product. The new-comer joined Gelid Silent cooler series and is already available for customers at the price of around $32. The major distinctive peculiarity applied to the cooler is its framework: it features only 59 mm height that is quite appropriate for the installation into small-sized mini-ITX/mini-Tower PC cases or into advanced HTPC systems.



At the same time, SlimHero is equipped with four copper heat pipes, a range of aluminum ribs, and 120 mm fan. The employment of copper in the design of heat pipes is to significantly increase heat transfer to the ribs. Moreover, their original shape ensures low resistance to airflow, resulting in a more efficient cooling process.


Gelid SlimHero demonstrates wide compatibility with a lump of present-day desktop platforms: AMD Socket FM1, FM2, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, as well as Intel LGA 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366. According to Gelid …

Power Supply Unit Huntkey GS550 Review

Huntkey Enterprise Group is a comparatively new player in the global PSU market. However, its products are already well-known to the mainstream customers in different corners of the world. GS series is the one to compete with an army of items from acclaimed manufacturers, featuring so far only two models: GS450 and GS550. Giving names to the models, Huntkey applied a popular marketing approach, where the figure index in the codename exceeds actual wattage index of the unit. Thus, GS550 model is estimated actually for 450 W power. What other surprises are hidden in this model? Let’s find out.



Key Specifications


Power supply unit Huntkey GS550 is housed in a solid case, made of a thick dark-gray steel with a wiry ventilation grid. All basic specifications are marked on the sticker, so that the user can easily integrate it within the system. The +12VDC rail is claimed to provide 384 W power at 32 A current. The interrelation of power on this rail with an overall efficiency …
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